Cataract FAQ’s

Common Questions About Cataracts

Do cataracts have to be removed immediately?

cataract-questions-eye-doctor-san-francisco.jpgNo. Many people live for years with cataracts without even knowing they have them. They typically are mild to start and don’t affect your vision too severely. If your eye doctor discovers a cataract, he/she may suggest that you wait to have it removed until it is negatively affecting your vision, your lifestyle or your daily activities.

Do only older people get cataracts?

Cataracts are typically found in older adults; in fact, 50% of people over age 65 will get cataracts. However, younger people frequently develop cataracts. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent the development of cataracts.

Will I have to wear glasses after cataract surgery?

If you did not have any other pre-existing vision conditions (such as presbyopia or astigmatism) before your cataract surgery, it is possible that you will not need glasses after the surgery. Today there are different replacement Intraocular Lens (IOL) options called High Tech Lenses that can also correct presbyopia and astigmatism. These High Tech Lenses may reduce your need for glasses after cataract surgery.

When can I resume normal activities?

To minimize complications of cataract surgery, it is advisable to follow these timetables for certain activities:

  • Day 1: Relax at home after surgery
  • Day 2: Okay to drive, shower, watch TV or use the computer
  • Week 1: Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Week 1: Avoid going into hot tubs or swimming pools
  • Week 1-2: Slowly resume all of your normal activities, making sure to avoid trauma to your eye

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, cataract surgery does carry some potential risks. Overall, this surgical procedure is considered very safe and complications are uncommon.

  • Dry eye
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling/inflammation
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Secondary cataract (a thin membrane can form behind the lens implant after surgery but this can be easily removed with an in-office laser treatment)

A comprehensive Cataract Consultation will determine if your eye health and overall health is right for this procedure.

There are so many cataract surgeons – how can I be sure I’m choosing the right one?

Getting cataract surgeon recommendations from friends or family members who have had the procedure is a good place to start. However, you should never make such an important decision without researching all of your options for yourself. You want a surgeon who has extensive experience and a proven track record of success. You want a surgeon who uses proven cataract technology and techniques. You want a cataract center that is modern, clean and comfortable. Finally, you want a surgeon who will provide you with comprehensive information about every aspect of the procedure and satisfactory answers to your questions.

Our comprehensive Cataract Consultation will allow you to get a feel for our high standards, meet our staff and determine if we are right for you.